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Came back from vacation, work Outlook was screwed up. The inbox looked like this, with subject, sender, time, etc. all in a row:

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How can I make the inbox look like the below screenshot again, with the messages in a more compact type of view (horizontally stacked, if you will)?

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Please post a screenshot of what it looks like now, and provide some additional comments as to what you're looking to change. – ziesemer Dec 29 '11 at 17:45

Go to View, then Reading Pane and then choose RIGHT.

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No, that's not it, sorry. I meant the message list. – Nathaniel Dec 29 '11 at 17:10
That would have been a great detail to add to the original question. Please edit your question so it is understandable to help others if they have the same question. – CharlieRB Dec 29 '11 at 18:14
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What you are looking for is Compact View. To guarantee it displays in Compact View:

uncheck "Use compact layout in widths smaller than x characters" then set it to Always use compact layout in the Other Settings... dialog box from the Customize View... options.

You can customize what is on the top or bottom line by

View menu, then Current View, and then Customize Current View (note that you could create a new view for this setting if you wanted)

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Try this: "View Settings" "Other Settings" First down to: "AutoPreview" Select "No AutoPreview" Then down to: "Reading Pane" Select "Right" Then down to: "Other Options" Select "Always Use compact layout" Click OK, Then OK again.

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Welcome to Super User. I know you are new to this site, but wanted to make you aware you are posting an answer to a 3-year old question that has an excepted answer already. There is nothing wrong with doing so, just realize it may not be responded to or accepted. – CharlieRB Apr 24 '15 at 18:49

Just grab the part of the frame between the inbox and the reading area, then move it to the left, to where it was before.

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